Description: The book covers a broad range of topics related to the care of hospitalized infants, children, and adolescents from the perspective that pediatric hospital medicine is a new and changing field.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a valuable resource to those practitioners involved with the hospital care of pediatric patients. There are few books that deal exclusively with pediatric hospital medicine and the authors have tried to cover most topics related to hospitalized pediatric patients. The book approaches this subject not only from a medical standpoint, but also from the perspectives of care delivery, ethics, and quality of care. The authors succeed in meeting their objectives.
Audience: General practitioners or hospitalists who care for hospitalized newborns, children, and adolescents are the intended audience. The focus is on the general practitioner, not the subspecialist or intensivist.
Features: The book is divided into four parts covering general issues of inpatient pediatric medicine, common presenting signs and symptoms, a systems approach, and procedures. Medical subjects are well represented by system. Chapters include sections on admission/discharge criteria, consultations, suggested readings, references, and future research/advances. This format is useful because it gives readers not only useful clinical information on pathophysiology and presenting symptoms, but also recommendations for admission/discharge and a look at future therapeutic modalities or practices. Specific, nonmedical care topics related to hospitalists, including organization, research, funding, quality of care, and billing are also covered. The rich tables and illustrations are easy to comprehend.
Assessment: This book does an excellent job of presenting a wide range of medical conditions affecting hospitalized infants, children, and adolescents. It will be a valuable tool for practitioners caring for hospitalized pediatric patients as well as for those attempting to establish or improve a pediatric hospitalist practice. It compares well to others in the field (e.g., Perkin et al., Pediatric Hospital Medicine: Textbook of Inpatient Management, 2nd edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008)), while providing the same type of information in a similar format. Unique to this book, and which support its purchase, are some topics not generally covered as well as features such as admission/discharge criteria and administrative aspects of a hospitalist practice.